Bertha-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Althea-> Little Red Rooster*, Loser, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Bird Song, Passenger, Candyman-> Looks Like Rain-> Don't Ease Me In
Cold Rain & Snow-> Samson & Delilah, It Must Have Been The Roses, Estimated Prophet-> The Wheel-> Drums**-> The Other One-> Stella Blue-> Around & Around*-> Good Lovin', E: Brokedown Palace
*W Matt Kelley **W Airto & Flora Purim
Collection GratefulDeadBand/Artist Grateful DeadVenue Long Beach ArenaLocation Long Beach, CASource Source: 2 Sennheiser MKH 406 TUD microphones > Sony D5M (w/ Dolby B, Bias @ 70us on 3 TDK MA C-90 tapes); Copy of masters: Sony D5M (w/ Dolby, Bias @ 70us) > Akaii GX-570 D2 (w/ Dolby B, Bias @ 70us on 2 TDK SA C-90 tapes);Lineage Nakamichi CR-7A (azimuth aligned to tape, Dolby B, Bias @ 70us) > Korg MN-2000S 1 Bit DFF @ 2.822 MHz > AudioGate (convert to 24-96) > Audacity (clean up) > AudioGate (convert to 16-44) > CD wav > Flac (Level 8) > Stamp ID3 Tag editor; Recorded by: Ron Goldshine and John MusgraveTaped by Ron Goldshine ;John Musgrave ;Mark the B-Man ;Mike MartinTransferred by Mike Martin
March 14, 2015
The bus came by
I feel honored to be first to write the first review from this outstanding show, which bookends a thrilling three nights of music from the Southland.
In many ways this night offers some of the most inspired playing of the three night run and that begins with a way beyond text book reading of Bertha. The band is simply dancing on hair as they hit every nuance, thanks Billy and Mickey, with flawless effort and precision. Jerry's vocals and playing are triumphant and joyous as he zips along
They burst into the second GSET of the last three nights and contiune their pilgramage to higher ground.
The duo of Althea> Rooster is actually the weakest part of the show. Althea is pedistrean in comparison to other version from this era, and Rooster, even with Matt Kelly sitting in, is flat.
The same duo from the Swing on Friday night simply blows this one away.
Loser is where we get back on course, and granted Phil is more set back than I would prefer, this version is powerful.
Once again this source is excellent as you are plump right in the middle of the garden of sonic joy.
The Bobby cowboy duo sets thing on a furious pace, as the latter Bug River is a high light of the set, the band actually plays out the beginning for over a minute before Bobby even begins to sing.
The second electric Birdsong since 9/15/73 is incredible and showcases how much this song will become a highlight of many outstanding shows to follow.
This version simply smokes the one from the Fox on 11/30/80. Jerry and the band simply just head for the out reaches of our solar system. The rest of the sets benefits greatly from this point.
Passenger is a viscous intense version that few others will match, OK maybe 5/16/81, and you will love it.
A rare Candyman is outstanding and Phil steps up to the plate to support Jerry in this heartfelt and emotional reading. They jump right into another version of LL Rain that clearly surpasses the one played the Swing and bookend the set with a rambunctious Don't Ease Me In.
Set II begins with Jerry going old school with a plea in the cold rain and snow which get paired with a very strong Samson that features some of Brent's best playing of the night.
Jerry graces us with another sweet ballad of Roses that is graceful and poetic.
One of the great highlight of the show is the unusual pairing of Estimated>The Wheel. The Estimated is high energy and has a short jam into a great Wheel that is more reminiscent of a version from 1976 than the early 1980's.
For the second night in a row we get a another guest sit in from Flora Purim and Airto Moreira that elevates the drums to tribal ecstasy and a great space jam that explodes into a relentless and amazing version of The Other One.
This is old school and clocks in at an impressive seven minutes as the band fully explore this great version The band hits amazing peak with a collective intensity that is breathtaking.
Jerry graces out with yet another outstanding ballad with a moving Stella Blue which begins with an extended musical coda before Jerry begins to sing.
The song ends with powerful musical conviction from Jerry that is quite remarkable.
Matt Kelly comes back out for a quick jaunt with Chuck Berry and then the band hit auto- pilot for a fun reading of Good Lovin' to close out the set.
Jerry sends the faithful off into the crisp Pacific night air with his final ballad... a nurturing Brokedown Palace.
The four gentlemen who recorded this three night run of shows deserve a big thank you as they have exceptionally documented a clear high water mark in GD history.
I just hope they continued this fable run and recorded the New Years shows two weeks later.